Spotlight on Tre Pol and Pen Farm Shop
“Cornish farm shop & kitchen rooted in the Tamar Valley. Bringing people together to celebrate fresh food, craft & flavour”
Three miles from Primrose Cottage B&B, on the A388, Tre Pol and Pen opened its doors in January 2019.
This amazing place is so much more than a farm shop. The farm shop includes locally sourced produce from the butchery, the butchers here know their meat, they are easy to chat with, they will have advice and suggestions should you want.
So too the deli and cheese counter,with beautiful cheeses smoked meats, salamis, and the best quiche, scotch eggs or pate for a simple – but delicious supper, what more will you need? Some fresh salad, crusty bread and a glass of wine, cider or beer – all from Cornwall and all available here in the shop.
Along with home wares, a variety of baked goods, and all sorts of supplies for your larder Tre Pol and Pen offer locally produced Cornish goods of the best quality and imbibed with the taste of this county.
The attention-grabbing name of the farm shop comes from the phrase written by Richard Carew in 1602 – “By Tre, Pol and Pen shall ye know all Cornishmen” – alluding to the common place and surnames in Cornwall.
Tre Pol and Pen is rightly a popular haunt for tourists, foodies, arts and crafts people, as well as the local community, and with good reason - it has much to offer! We recommend it to our friends and guests as a ‘really should see’ place before you leave our area.
There is also an innovative refill your own container section for pulses, cereals and dried fruits – such an important way of shopping in the’ plastic strewn world of today.
The cafe is open every day serving delicious food. Evening food celebration functions are held too.
Whilst at Tre Pol and Pen I had chance to ask the owners a few questions about Cornwall, about their lives here, and their inspiration for Tre Pol & Pen.
Q: What do you love about living in Cornwall?
A: The wealth of things to do, right on our doorstep is breath-taking. Situated on the Cornish side of the Tamar Valley it’s brilliant to be side by side two beautiful moors and only half an hour from the sea on either side of the peninsular.
Q: What was your inspiration for opening Tre Pol and Pen?
A: The farm shop is centred around the beef we produce here on the farm but there are so many fantastic producers right here in Tamar Valley that we are proud to represent on our shelves.
Q: Why do you think it is important to stock locally sourced produce and reduce waste?
A: Since opening Tre Pol and Pen our focus has been to enable our customers to shop locally and sustainably. For us, the two go hand in hand and we are fortunate to have so much fantastic produce grown right on our doorstep by some truly innovative farmers.
It’s often the simple things that make a difference.
In our view, sustainable shopping relies on another simple principle of giving customers the chance to have the choice to only buy what they need. Whether it’s rhubarb from Trevozah Farm perched on the hills above Lezant or the ever popular pudding rice, available amongst other things from our wall of gravity dispensers, we’re told again and again by customers that they “love”.
Q: What do you enjoy about working at Tre Pol and Pen?
A: Being part of the hum and buzz of the local community. Lezant is not only a beautiful place to work but is built on a community that has genuine heart and the support we’ve had from local residents since we opened has been fantastic.